Though nonvintage, 100% of the half Chardonnay and half Pinot Noir grapes in this sparkling blend hail from 2009, a nice vintage for Mendocino. With a yeasty nose this Brut is all green apple tartness with high notes of acidity, and very dry. As it opens it gets more fragrant, pleasantly tasting of honeysuckle, nectarine and sweet fig.
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Reviews wines from California.
Contributing Editor Virginie Boone has been with Wine Enthusiast since 2010, and reviews the wines of Napa and Sonoma. Boone began her writing career with Lonely Planet travel guides, which eventually led to California-focused wine coverage. She contributes to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat
and Sonoma Magazine
, and is a regular panelist and speaker on wine topics in California and beyond.